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with strong skills in organizing research and effective advocacy here at city hall so my hat and off and tremendous respect to the where to the young people without their efforts we we wouldn't be here today but it's been 6 years of work, though. in san francisco our low income communities and communities of color and with a large number of young people we have a a disproportionate compared to other neighborhoods.
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>> we know that tobacco and cigarettes use is the leading cause of preventible death in san francisco and thanks so much for the department of public health leadership for emphasising that along with community-based organizations. i wanted to give -- and nearly 4 hundred $400 million a year is spent on health costs
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related to cigarettes and tobacco. also ucsf and stanford researchers gave us recently their up to date research and premature death in low income communities and also tobacco density the higher concentrations of tobacco permits and sales that density results in increased youth smoking rates as well so this is about limiting access access but also reducing big tobacco's efforts to hook young people on cigarettes and also the e cigarettes as well and this over time as i said will cut our tobacco permits in half according to our estimates
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through attrition and reducing the number of tobacco licenses. creating a cap of 45 licenses per district and that cap was calculated by looking at the density and to not allow neighborhoods to go above the existing caps. it takes nothing away from existing businesses. in addition any new permits must be located at least 500 feet away from schools so it's protecting kids and limiting access close to schools and also limiting permits 500 feet away from an existing tobacco retailer and it's limiting clustering. and no new permits are allowed in restaurants and bars. bars and
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no new permits are allowed in any new location so it's reducing over time drastically in half within a 10 to 15-year period according to our estimates so there's small businesses we've worked with to give us input so we're protecting small business owners by preserving the value of their stores and allowing them to sell their businesses without being impacted by these regulations. in response i'm going to be incorporating these minor amendments today the first allowing applications for new permits submitted for approval by the director by today's date so if somebody is submitting a permit by today's
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date, they are not subject to any of the requirements also cigar bars the owner came and testified that they were subject to the exemption in the health code section 1009.23 e and that their cigar bar for for five consecutive years can and both can obtain new permits on a one time basis it's only a couple of cigar bars bars that are being included in this amendment. so this tobacco
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sales reduction act was crafted, again, in coordination with a number of stakeholders groups and i thank again the arab american grocers association and others from the department of public health and especially the community advocates and the youth leaders the tobacco sales reduction act also is part of a coordinated approach that includes healthy retail sf that allows us to transform corner corner stores and strengthening partnerships and healthier communities and i wanted to thank my cosponsors again supervisor kim ween weiner and
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chiu and cohen and lastly nurturing the young leaders and also the youth leaders from the tobacco use reduction force all 3 generations of the youth leaders i wanted to thank from arab american grocers i wanted to also thank from the department of public health derrick smith for his insights and help in drafting this for amazing work in this legislation and lastly i want to give tremendous respect to the young people and read off the names of the tobacco use reduction force leaders. >> reading names. >>
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>> i really really believe that we're going to be building a safer and stronger neighborhood and so thank you supervisor mar for your leadership in moving this forward. thank you supervisor mar. >> yeah i just wanted to give another thank you to nick pagalatos from my staff working so hard with the young people and i'm really working respectfully with the arab american grocers rs to be supportive of them as well and their input was really a key driving part of this but really
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the relationships that nick built with the arab american grocers that allowed us to work respectfully with them and i want to say there's a new generation that are using the hash tag i can't breath in talking about police misconduct and i don't want to belittle bit that but the new youth organizations sprouting up saying i can't breath because of second hand smoke it's a growing movement and i think this piece of legislation the youth did the research they did their homework they brought it to us and while -- i think this will spread to other cities and i think this is going to be
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seen as a historic day and an i can't breath day so protecting kids and vulnerable communities and giving stronger voices and empowerment to young people so thank you and thank you. >> thank you supervisor mar and just to confirm with our deputy city attorney. >> that's right you can adopt the amendments and pass the ordinance on first reading today. >> so with that colleagues we can first take the amendment and if we could take that without objection. the amendment has been adopted and now the underlying item item 46 without objection that ordinance has been adopted on first reading as amended unanimously and madam clerk item 47. >> at this time supervisor tang you are the first to introduce
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new business. >> thank you so colleagues today i'm introducing a resolution regarding pedestrian safety as we know, it is a huge concern for all of our districts throughout the entire city and as you all know the city has adopted our vision zero zero 3 point plan through a combination of engineering education and enforcement and addressing pedestrian safety we believe that adherence to traffic laws still remain an issue so i hope this will assist by urging the california judicial council to reevaluate its fees for certain sections of the california vehicle code and the san francisco police department's touch upon red light violations basic speed laws stop sign violations
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pedestrian right of way violations and failure to yield while turning violations and in addition to the five dangerous behaviors our office has also heard numerous complaints from constituents by the unsafe passing of vehicles or who have been in collisions with diss tracted drivers on their cell phones. for instance while the baseline for running a stop sign violating a pedestrian's right of way and unsafe passing of a standing streetcar is $35 the baseline for violating a red light is one $100. so includes pedestrian right of way violations and i'm asking that the judicial council to reevaluate its fines for these dangerous behaviors so as we
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all know, you know, increasing fines is certainly not something we believe is the only solution to this we believe it will take a very comprehensive approach so i want to thank supervisor kim on this resolution and of course look forward to working with the stakeholders. >> thank you madam president. supervisor yee. >> thank you madam clerk. today colleagues i'd like to instruct the city attorney to draft legislation. diss tracted driving is a dangerous a dangerous epidemic on our streets. it took. miss moreto
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was hit in front of our building i am committed to improving safety on our streets and this is the first step towards that goal and also today, colleagues another step i'm taking to make our streets safer is to request our budget analysts to analyze how much it would cost to install a black box into every city vehicle in our city fleet. . this is an idea that came out of a symposium that supervisor kim and myself were at in new york a few weeks ago in which new york city which has thousands and thousands and thousands of city vehicles, each one of those vehicles are equipped with this black box. i want to tell you a little story. in 2011 in new york a
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city employee actually he's a politician was fortunate -- in a car accident. the employee was not seriously hurt and he told the police he was wearing a seat belt and was not speeding. well, this case put this employee at at the center of a growing debate. the specific piece of equipment more commonly knowns as the black box box the information recorded by this black box a different story soon emerged the driver was actually driving a hundred miles per hour and was not wearing a seat belt and according to the computer in his car that attracts certain actions. why tell the story i
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i mean these boxes can provide critical safety information and help evaluate what happened during a crash and what future steps could be taken to save lives and prevent injuries and other potential benefits of these systems include reduced fuel costs and insurance premiums and reduced time for claims and mechanical problems and diagnostics and ability to detect the at risk drivers and notifications of drivers in distress for example a crash occurred and ability to make suggestions to improve driving habits i think installing this piece of equipment in our city fleet will make make our streets safer and drivers more aware of their driving behavior and thank you for your time on
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this particular item. i also wanted to talk about this other piece that was brought to my office earlier this month by the san francisco youth commission immigration and employment committee and urging the city to prevent fee waivers i'm sorry to provide fee waivers to san francisco youth who qualify for deferred action for childhood arrivals in in 2012 president obama announced the deferred action for for arrivals program for youth between the ages of 15 and 30 who came to the to the united states before the age of 16 and are kunlt currently in school
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or graduated or in the military and to apply for work authorization. while we are still fighting for a pathway to citizenship for all 11.5 undocumented americans it has proven to be a life changing for 11 thousand undocumented youth in the bay area alone. these are youth who will no longer have to fear fear deportation and have the opportunity to legally work and only fee waivers for extreme circumstances. the recipients must renew their status every 2 years and must pay an additional $465 in in fees to
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reapply for low income families or for for a young person in school, this this can be a significant cost and since there is no type of relief many of these young people are only supporting themselves and their families still at risk of being deported in san francisco we have a robust network of legal organizations offering free support for undocumented residents however it's still a struggle for many young people and their families to pay for the fees and this can mean choosing between rent or tuition or food in order to maintain protection from deportation i agree with the youth commissioners that ask these young people for additional $465 just just 2
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years after being approved can be an economic burden therefore i'm working with the budget and legal analysts for recipients struggling to pay for their renewal fees and supporting the renewal fees for the approximate number of residents under one million for the next year. i really want to commend as earlier supervisor mar and kim were talking about young people here it is again young people bringing some awareness to their board of supervisors i want to commend the youth commission and the committee chair for putting this resolution forward that many
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undocumented youth face on a day-to-day basis and i want to acknowledge that our city is historically an sanctuary city and an sanctuary city and implementing the actions president obama submitted. >> the first is a planning code changes which i'm calling the parking flexibility ordinance. for a long time the city had very strict minimum parking requirements meaning when someone built new housing they were required to include parking for all of their new residents. this led to the construction of a lot of parking lots both above and below the ground as well as parking pads and what would
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otherwise be green spaces or yards and the use of building first floors for vehicle parking instead of active retail or us housing. with more engaging ground floors the city has implement could greater flexibility in its parking requirements space efficient parking methods like tandem parking and lifts and valet are now permitted by right and minimum parking requirements these changes have been very effective and it is important to point out they did not limit anyone's ability to construct parking if they choose they simply give people more options. it is about flexibility not mandates and the ordinance i'm introducing today will provide yet more flexibility so businesses and homeowners can have more say on
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where and if they put parking on their parking. so existing parking to active street street fronting uses and conversion of the freed space of other uses and is it minimizes conflicts with transit and bike lanes and helps restore front and rear yards and as with anything planning code related, it's easy to get lost in the weeds so i'll highlight a few of key elements . how much square footage someone can billed on a given parcel of land. currently parking doesn't count in other words there are limits on how much commercial space you can
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have but you can build all the parking that you want and if you have existing parking spaces you no longer need, need. neighborhood commercial districts encourage ground floor activity but parking minimums almost force people to use this ground floor as parking which i experienced a lot when we approved many of these projects there's a limited amount of space available in a building envelope. why force it to be used as parking. do we really want to to prioritize parking? the permitted amount of underground parking will remain exempt and this will encourage new developments to put their parking underground and use the first floor for
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active uses like retail and housing and existing buildings will be able to convert unused parking spaces if they choose. this does not prohibit parking. it gives people people the option to choose. again, this is not prohibit the construction of off street parking but simply gives people the option not to build or convert it if they choose. for example houses along the oak and fell street fell street bike lanes we could actually create new rent controlled housing out of unused garages and this is code change can reduce conflicts and hazards and improve safety for bicyclist and see travel time for muni
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riders and bring lower costs for homeowners and businesses. the legislation allows exemptions if doing so will improve a building's front side or rear yard. so many building owners paid paved over their yards to create off street parking. the legislation will allow them to restore some green space to their homes and character to our neighborhoods. lastly the legislation authorizes the zoning administrator to grant residential mixed districts this change simply allows some flexibility to reflect recent changes to the planning

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